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This trail was pretty unique for being in Arizona. Very easy, great for kids and dogs. Would be a lot better during rainy season. Really hard to figure out which is the trail and which areas are not. You don’t see much of the river from the trail.

Two families, 5 kids under 6 years old and everyone had an amazing time! Truly beautiful and scenic hike through various ecosystems, shaded mesquite trees and towering Sonoran desert cactus. Lots to see and take in, and lovely views of Red Mountain. Will definitely go back!

on Horton Creek Trail

nature trips
3 days ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Elevation may bother you if you are from the Valley.

Gorgeous even in January!!! Be prepared for the road to the trailhead. High clearance is definitely the way to go! The road takes a lot longer than what you would think. Wear layers, it was freezing then warm then back to freezing..... expect to get your feet wet too! Super fun and just beautiful hike.

I hike this regularly. Beautiful hike, dogs love the water. Any level of hiker can hike this. In and out as far as you wish. Parking can be an issue on weekends so come early.

Nice peaceful walk through beautiful landscape.

Nice little flat trail that takes you near the Salt River. If you’re lucky, you might run into the local wild horses, who cross through this area to drink and swim in the river. We saw a few up near the highway, but none down at the river on this day. The reason I’m giving only 3 stars is because 2/3rd of the trail is across 2 inch thick sand that makes the trail pretty dusty, especially if you’re walking with kids or dogs. I had to give my 2 dogs a bath when we got home. I also had to throw my shoes in the washer. Otherwise an easy trail that is pretty fun. Signage along the way gives you some history of the area.

def one of our top 5 fav. it was our first time and we did some side trails so around about hiking 6.5 miles and we had a guid who has hiked and worked there so we were very lucky. it is well marked and with white spray paint in the rocky areas. Some amazing views when on top of the rocks over looking the lake as seeing the surrounding mountains and the lower section is great for bird watching. there are a lot of side trails. it is def a moderate trail if not hard in some spots. there are some easy parts though if looking for a nice stroll or mountain biking and frisbee golf as well as bocci ball court. this is top five favorite trail we have done. there were maps at the parking lot which is 3 dollars to pay to park unless you have annual parks pass.

This is perfect for a first hike with young kids. No cliffs, just scenery and lots of horse poop. We spotted every pile around this loop. Even a few cow pies. We unfortunately missed the wild horses, but it was fun tracking them.

This easy hike offers sights that are relatively rare in this desert - a river, stands of large trees, soft sand, some shade. This is altogether an easy and enjoyable hike.

Challenging hike on a rocky trail, moderate and not easy.

This trail will kick your butt with the incline lol.

My husband first hike after a spinal cord injury. It was not marked, hard to tell where the trail was. It was still a great outing, watching the wild horses, picking seashells off the salt river bank, and enjoying the day.

This was a really nice trail to take with my mother in-law. We arrived mid morning and there was no one else on the trail except one mountain biker. We ended up walking down to the river and it was beautiful. There were some horse droppings so you will need to watch where you step but overall this was a beautiful hike that anyone could do. I imagine it would also be great for kids since it's relatively easy and not too far of a distance.

nature trips
28 days ago

So peaceful, so beautiful! Will definitely come again

I started to take this trail but i ended up turning around and going in the complete opposite direction! Better views of the water, and you won’t get lost cause its right next to the parking lot

My daughter and I loved this location. Absolutely beautiful place. Nice hike.

1 month ago

Wonderful hike up to three spring going through the forest following the Horton Creek with some mini waterfalls all along. Very beautiful scenery, very peaceful and relaxing. This hike is at a moderate level.

Nice, relatively level, hike. We brought our Husky Sequoia. She is 10 years old and did just fine. Trail has arrow markers to follow. We had to look at the map in this app a couple of times though. Saw no horses, cattle, or other wildlife. Parking was easy in large lot. You have to purchase a pass for your dashboard onsite. There are toilets but NO running water. Saw hardly any people which is great!

Great easy to follow loop. This was my first trip into the Superstition Wilderness as well as my first solo trip. After a very dry winter water was a little scarce before I made it into La Barge Canyon. Great views of Battleship Mountain and Malpais Mountain. Camped near Charlebois Spring which was full. Took about 3 hours to get there from the trail head. Took Bull Pass Trail on the way out. The views of the interior and of La Barge Canyon and Weavers Needle were spectacular and worth the extra bit of elevation on the way out.

Great for dogs

1 month ago

This trail is my favorite hike yet. The pine trees and creek are breathtaking. I highly highly recommend you make it to the top - the views are so worth it! It was very windy and chilly at the top and the trail toward the top is not marked. Allow yourself 4-5 hours.

There’s no water on this trail unless you go off trail and sneak down to the river or go to the river before you start the trail. Really pretty though. Perfect for my 5 and 7 year old

Okay let be honest... I thought this was gonna be some lame hike because it didn’t have the allure of a great climb and amazing views. Although I’d consider it more of a leisurely stroll we were able to tip toe down to the river bed and see 8 wild horses and later on the trail saw 4 of the Salt River cows/steers! What I thought was gonna be lame ended up being an amazing and relaxing morning in nature with great views of Red Mntn.

Great hike today! Relatively easy hike.

Great trail for a mellow outing. Took my 3 kids ranging from 6 to 15 and no issues at all. Trail is pretty well marked with pickets up till the back end where we lost the trail for a moment and used the AllTrails map to find our way back on the trail. Great varied landscape with stretches of mesquite and cottonwood trees. We went late morning and found plenty of shade on the first half of the hike none on the last half. We will use this trail often from now on. Tonto pass required purchase before you leave town for $8.00 or there for $12.00.

One of the best!

Wow this is a complicated trail. I got off track three times and hiked at least an hour longer than the two hours it says it generally takes to do this hike. I think I would’ve been completely lost if I didn’t have my all trails map to refer to. They were quite of number of people hiking today that also were getting lost. So be careful if this is your first time and use your trail map. Otherwise it was a gorgeous day and a lovely hike

Beautiful! This trail did not disappoint!

Excellent adventure for our little kids. We saw wild horses! Up close! (And bathrooms nearby.)

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